FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath has said that his side showed naivety after their cruel 2-1 home defeat against Dover Athletic at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Town looked to set for their first home point of the season after Tom Denton’s 91st minute header levelled the score at 1-1, however Toni Sho-Silva scored four minutes later to give Dover the victory,
“This is a cruel game sometimes and it was cruel to us tonight,” said Heath, “because within a blink of an eye of us equalising, it’s in the back of our net
“Obviously we got that elusive goal that we’ve been crying out for. But then we’re naïve because we just want to go and try and win it with three minutes to go but it’s been one of them games where we just take the point.
“We threw players forward and we get stretched. Matty Brown gets stretched down the left channel, that shouldn’t happen in the last minute of the game. We concede a corner and then we don’t pick up from the corner, we switch off. So, we’ve got to learn fast.
Despite the disappointing result, Heath believes there are positives to take from the game, particularly from Town’s second-half performance.
“I thought we had the ascendency in the second-half,” Heath said, “and once again we’ve created quite a few chances. We’ve snatched at a few, we’ve not quite struck the ball well enough, a couple of shots were kicked off the line.
“But, effort and commitment wise, the players were fantastic again. Like I say, we deserve so much more than nothing.
“I’ve said to the players that ‘you’ve just got to keep believing’ because we’ve been in every game this season, it’s not as if anybody has dominated us, we’ve been in every single game and hopefully we can start picking up some points.
Heath was also pleased with the performances of returning duo David Lynch and Cliff Moyo who both came back into the Town starting eleven for the first time this season as well as substitute Adam Morgan.
“Lynchy was exceptional tonight”, Heath acclaimed, “especially for someone who’s played not football for a long period. Cliff Moyo I thought was outstanding from the first minute to the last, playing against a very good player and he was just solid and strong all night.
“And, Morgs (Adam Morgan) came on and didn’t have a chance on goal but showed some nice touches, got in the last third, got in and amongst Dents (Tom Denton) and did really well when he came on.
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